asked the Minister of Transport what has been the cost to date, and what is expected to be the final cost, of the regional highway traffic model; when it is expected that the model will be fully calibrated; and when the road construction units will have free access to the results.
Information on the cost of this project and on the calibration and validation of the sub-models is contained in a report recently submitted to me by the standing advisory committee on trunk road assessment. The report also makes recommendations about how we can make best use of the material collected and developed in the course of the project. I am arranging for it to be published as soon as possible, but printing may take some time. I would be grateful if the hon. Member would await publication of the report for further details. The cost of the project to date, including certain ancillary work, is some £6·8 million. I am grateful to Sir George Leitch and his colleagues for their advice on this complex subject, which I am now considering.